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Hola! Hello, and welcome to Mexican Spanish Survival Phrases, brought to you by SpanishPod101.com. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Mexico. You'll be surprised at how far a little Spanish will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by SpanishPod101.com and there you'll find the accompanying PDF lesson note and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment!
Mexican Spanish Survival Phrases Lesson 39: Mexican Post Office, Part 1: Sending Letters, Postcards, and Packages Home
In this lesson we're going to take a trip to the post office. The post office is called Oficina de Correos.
(slow) O-fi-ci-na de Co-rre-os
Oficina de Correos
In this lesson, we're going to work on getting your postcards, letters, and packages home. The expression we need to learn is this: "I want to send this to..." and then the desired destination. For this lesson, we'll use the United States. In Spanish “I want to send this to the United States" is:
Quiero enviar esto a Estados Unidos.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Qui-e-ro en-vi-ar es-to a Es-ta-dos U-ni-dos.
Once more:
Quiero enviar esto a Estados Unidos.
The first word, quiero, is translated as “I want”
(slow) qui-e-ro
quiero
Next we have enviar, which in English will be “to send”.
(slow) en-vi-ar
enviar
Then we have esto, which means “this”.
Next we have a, which literally means “to”
And at the end, we have the name of the country, in our case Estados Unidos.
(slow) Es-ta-dos U-ni-dos.
Estados Unidos.
All together, we have
Quiero enviar esto a Estados Unidos.
Literally, this means “I want to send this to the United States”
Let's look at the other words. We were talking about packages, letters, and postcards, so let’s try to send a postcard!
“Postcard” in Mexico is called Postal.
(slow) Pos-tal.
Postal.
“I want to send this postcard to the United States” in Spanish is
Quiero enviar esta postal a Estados Unidos.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Qui-e-ro en-vi-ar es-ta pos-tal a Es-ta-dos U-ni-dos.
Once more:
Quiero enviar esta postal a Estados Unidos.
We just replace esto, or “this”, with esta postal, which means “this postcard”
(slow) Es-ta pos-tal.
Esta postal.
Now let’s try with “letter”, which in Spanish is carta
(slow) Car-ta.
Carta.
“This letter” is:
(slow) es-ta car-ta
esta carta
By substituting this into the first sentence, we can get:
“I want to send this letter to the United States” or
Quiero enviar esta carta a Estados Unidos.
(slow) Qui-e-ro en-vi-ar es-ta car-ta a Es-ta-dos Uni-dos.
Let’s hear the whole phrase one more time:
Quiero enviar esta carta a Estados Unidos.
Now let’s try to send a package. In Spanish, “I want to send this package to the United States” is:
Quiero enviar este paquete a Estados Unidos.
(slow) Qui-e-ro en-vi-ar es-te pa-que-te a Es-ta-dos Uni-dos.
Quiero enviar este paquete a Estados Unidos.
“Package” in Spanish is paquete
(slow) Pa-que-te.
Paquete.
Since it is a masculine noun, we use este with paquete.
Este paquete.
(slow) Este paquete.
Altogether, we have:
Quiero enviar este paquete a Estados Unidos.
Now the package requires a closer look, which we’ll address in the next lesson.
To close out today's lessons, we’d like you to practice what you have just learned. I’ll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so !buena suerte! which means “Good luck!” in Spanish.
“I want to send this to the United States.” - Quiero enviar esto a Estados Unidos.
“I want to send this postcard to the United States.” - Quiero enviar esta postal a Estados Unidos.
“I want to send this letter to the United States.” - Quiero enviar esta carta a Estados Unidos.
“I want to send this package to the United States.” - Quiero enviar este paquete a Estados Unidos.
Alright! That's going to do it for this lesson. Remember to stop by SpanishPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF lesson note. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment! Hasta luego.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Hi everyone! What would you like to send to your family and friends from Mexico?

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Hola Chris,


Thank you for participating.

Mexican food es muy buena! Everyone should try it!

Sigamos practicando!


Saludos,

Carla

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Chris Chaltry
Monday at 6:00 am
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Quiero enviar mi familia un poco buena comida de México. Delicioso enchiladas, chalupas, y más.